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Zimmer Finds The Da Vinci Code

Published January 17, 2006 in Movie Music
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Sony Pictures, Press Release by Sony Pictures.
The Da Vinci Code Teaser poster for The Da Vinci Code
We recently received a press release from 'Fred' claiming that composer Hans Zimmer has been picked up by The Da Vinci Code. Sony/Columbia pictures obviously has good taste in movie music and has found a perfect match in Zimmer's ability to create music that evenly supports action, drama, emotion and suspense.

Personally, I found his use of strings in the soundtrack for The Last Samurai to be some of his top-notch work.

Da Vinci Code Gets Zimmer Score

OscarŽ-winner Hans Zimmer will compose the score to Ron Howard's film adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code. This highly-anticipated film from Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment stars Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Paul Bettany and Jean Reno, and is set for release on May 19, 2006.

From director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, the OscarŽ-winning team of A Beautiful Mind, and producer John Calley (the OscarŽ-nominated The Remains of the Day), comes the film version of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, one of the most popular and talked about novels of our time.

The Da Vinci Code begins with a spectacular murder in the Louvre Museum. All clues point to a covert religious organization that will stop at nothing to protect a secret that threatens to overturn 2,000 years of accepted dogma.

One of Hollywood's most respected composers, Zimmer has the distinction of having scored more than 100 films during his illustrious career. In 1994, he won the Academy AwardŽ for Best Original Score for the animated feature The Lion King, and has also been nominated for his work on six other films: Gladiator, The Prince of Egypt, The Thin Red Line, As Good As It Gets, The Preacher's Wife and Rain Man. Other career highlights include The Last Samurai, Black Hawk Down, Thelma & Louise and Best Picture winner Driving Miss Daisy. Additionally, he is also the winner of three Grammy Awards, a Tony Award, and countless other accolades for his musical achievements.

The Da Vinci Code marks the second collaboration between Zimmer and director Ron Howard. They previously joined forces on Backdraft. The Da Vinci Code recently completed filming in France, Scotland and England. Zimmer, having visited the European sets on several occasions, is at work constructing his musical approach to the film.

His work spans a variety of time periods and genres, yet Zimmer is equally comfortable scoring the animated feature Shark Tale and the historical epic The Last Samurai. In 2005, Zimmer continued to make film history by scoring the acclaimed summer blockbuster Batman Begins in collaboration with composer James Newton Howard, the first pairing of its kind since 1954 when Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Newman collaborated on The Egyptian, Madagascar and Gore Verbinski's The Weather Man.

The Da Vinci Code will hit theatres on May 19th.

For movie stills, the trailers, synopsis and more movie info, go to The Da Vinci Code Movie Page

Stay tuned for updates.

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Sources: Image property of Sony Pictures, Press Release by Sony Pictures.

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